RUFFLED INTO ACT
Melbourne-based funny man Ronny Chieng has taken the things that irritate him the most and turned them into an award-winning show
There are a few things that Ronny Chieng hates in life, but people under the age of 25 are at the top of the list.
The comedian is sharing his pet peeves with the world on his latest tour Chieng Reaction.
“I thrash people under 25 and Apple employees, I hate both of those groups of people, so if you hate those groups of people you will like my show,” he says.
Ronny is bringing a sample of his show to the Gold Coast tomorrow night after selling out 22 shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year.
He’ll be performing as part of the Laugh Your Pants Off comedy night at Jupiters Theatre alongside Judith Lucy, Peter Rowsthorn, Lawrence Mooney, Troy Kinne, Ellen Briggs, Tahir, Steve Allison and Jennifer Burke.
Chieng Reaction won Ronny the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Directors’ Choice award and the Sydney Comedy Festival Best Show gong.
It is one of many highlights for Ronny in 2014, having also been nominated for an ARIA for his comedy album The Ron Way and opening for his hero Dave Chappelle.
“It was very cool to open for him,” says Ronny.
“He was a very encouraging, down-to-earth guy who is very articulate and not pretentious, but he’s very profound.”
Ronny has also performed at international comedy festivals including the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but he says he still gets nervous before every show.
“I use the internet before the show, look at cats to make me feel better, but I end up freaking out, pacing and yelling, it’s insane,” he says.
Chieng started performing as a comedian while studying law at Melbourne University.
“I finished it (the degree) but I couldn’t get a job, so I stuck to comedy,” he says.
Ronny Chieng says nerves still get the better of him before each show.